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Morning Scoop: Roman Polanski's past, Google vs. Microsoft, personhood petitions

September 28, 2009 |  9:32 am


Good morning from the City Desk, where we're thankful for forecasts of cooler weather this week. Here's a sampler of California stories from today's paper to help you get your workweek started right:

He was supposed to be receiving an award. Instead, when Roman Polanski arrived in Zurich, Switzerland, on Saturday, he was arrested. U.S. authorities want him extradited to face the child sex case he fled in 1978.

Higher bottle deposits may be on the way thanks to the precarious position of the state recycling fund, nearly bankrupt because legislators have raided it repeatedly to help balance the budget. Under a measure before the governor, more containers could also require deposits, among them juice boxes and half-gallon milk jugs.

Will it be Google or Microsoft? A battle is underway over which one will replace the city of Los Angeles' aged e-mail system.

Abortion foes in California and across the nation are collecting signatures for ballot initiatives that would declare that "personhood" begins at conception.

Columnist James Rainey looks at nonprofit organizations sprouting up around the state to bring more investigative news to the people.

It's been more than two years since an arson fire gutted the Garfield High School auditorium. A dispute between the LAUSD and insurers leaves its future uncertain.

A weekly radio show in Orange County reaches out to Vietnamese parents uncertain about how to help their children navigate the American school system.

Unions have been targeting the owners of five L.A. carwashes who face criminal charges for allegedly abusing their workers.

We've got the details of a new water main break in the Miracle Mile area. We'll keep you posted on all things Polanski. And we'll bring you other news as we get it.

Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com if you know of anything you think we should be covering.

-- Nita Lelyveld

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